The Difference Between Groupthink and Teamthink

Kevin Eikenberry

Chances are you have heard the phrase “groupthink” and if so you have a justifiably negative feeling about the idea. The word and idea of groupthink was popularized in the early 1970’s based on a […]. The post The Difference Between Groupthink and Teamthink appeared first on Kevin Eikenberry on Leadership & Learning. Leadership & Supervisory Skills Personal & Professional Development Teambuilding meetings teamwork groupthink

The Difference Between GroupThink and TeamThink – Remarkable TV Live

Kevin Eikenberry

There is a big difference between groupthink and what I call teamthink. The post The Difference Between GroupThink and TeamThink – Remarkable TV Live appeared first on Kevin Eikenberry on Leadership & Learning. During this video I talk about the differences, why it is so important, and how as a leader you can improve the chances you get what you want. This is a further expansion of the ideas in this article. Listen to the audio […].

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How to Avoid Groupthink When Hiring

Harvard Business

A structured process leads to better decisions. Hiring Digital Article

Wiser: Getting Beyond Groupthink; Procrastinate on Purpose – Our Selections for the March First Friday Book Synopsis

First Friday Book Synopsis

Every month since April, 1998, Karl Krayer and I have helped people with the most important and useful content from the best business books. For the March First Friday Book Synopsis, we focus on transferable principles and lessons from two books dealing with: personable productivity, and effective group work. If you are in Dallas on March 6, come join us… Here are our selections for the […]. Randy''s blog entries

Here are My Five Lessons and Takeaways from Wiser: Getting Beyond Groupthink to Make Groups Smarter by Cass Sunstein and Reid Hastie

First Friday Book Synopsis

Happy talk occurs when group members say that all is going well and likely to go even better—that there is nothing to worry about. ?…happy …happy talk is a principal target of this book. The good news is that if discussion is properly structured and if groups adopt the right norms and practices, they can create […]. Randy''s blog entries

Everyone Hates the Boss (and other opportunities)

Let's Grow Leaders

Authenticity Change confidence Fear and Courage bandwagons groupthink leadership opportunities opportunity risks Knowing “everyone’s in the same boat” paralyzes instincts to adjust the sails. Commiserating creates false teams. Misery with company is miserable. Solve problems instead. The more painful the situation, the easier it is to believe that everyone is right. This can’t be fixed.” “The guy’s a jerk.” “The The system is flawed….” Everyone knows it. Become [.]

Why You Should Value the Nonconformist

RapidStart Leadership

When everyone focuses on agreeing and trying to please, you’ll soon find yourself on the Bus to Abilene , a special kind of purgatory for specialists in groupthink. RapidStart Leadership Blog Take Action Written Blog abeline paradox bus to Abeline groupthink leadership nonconformist planning problem solving team buildingI’m not paying you to agree with me. I’m paying you to think. That’s Colin Powell’s approach to leadership.

Wiser: A book review by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

Wiser: Getting Beyond Groupthink to Make Groups Smarter Cass R. Sunstein Reid Hastie Daniel Kahneman Harvard Business Review Press How to separate [comma] implement [comma] and optimize the divergent and convergent stages of every problem-solving process If Only We Knew What We Know Jackson Grayson Judgment Calls Judgment: How Winning leaders Make Great Calls Noel Tichy Thinking [comma] Fast and Slow Tom Davenport Warren Bennis Wiser: : Getting Beyond Groupthink to Make Groups Smarter

Don’t Let a Group Dynamic Quash Critical Thinking

First Friday Book Synopsis

Sunstein Don''t Let a Group Dynamic Quash Critical Thinking Harvard Business Review Harvard Business Review Press HBR newsletters Management Tip of the Day Reid Hastie Wiser: : Getting Beyond Groupthink to Make Groups Smarter Here is another valuable Management Tip of the Day from Harvard Business Review.

Incumbentitis - The Anti-Innovation Disease

Mills Scofield

Netflix Menasha Innovation Culture Innovation Incumbentitis Incumbent IBM Groupthink Ford AppleWell, we've just been through quite an election - out with the ‘old', in with the new - well, somewhat, there were several incumbents re-elected. This isn't a mandate for or against either party; it was a mandate for an economic revolution to get rid of big government and make one that works for the people. Is the government capable of re-inventing itself? Of innovating?

Yes, You Can Brainstorm Without Groupthink

Harvard Business Review

In articles in both the New York Times and The New Yorker earlier this year, the concept of brainstorming as introduced in the 1940's by Alex Osborn has been attacked as ineffective and linked to the concept of " Groupthink.". Suffice it to say, we dislike consensus-based "Groupthink" as much as the next person. Over our many years of experience, we have seen managers effectively use three simple techniques for avoiding "Groupthink" during brainstorming.

The Problem-Solving Process That Prevents Groupthink

Harvard Business Review

There are two reasons most of us aren’t very good at creative problem solving. First, few people get training in how to be creative in their education. Second, few people understand group dynamics well enough to harness their power to help groups maximize their creativity. Resolving the first issue requires getting your employees to learn more about the way they think… a tall order for managers. The second issue, though, is well within your ability to change.

Quiet: A book review by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking Susan Cain Crown Publishers (2012) How and why our location on “the introvert-extrovert spectrum” influences most (if not all) of our decisions and opinions Throughout most of her book, Susan Cain takes a balanced approach to the immensely difficult task of examining the [.]. Bob's blog entries Albert Einstein Andrew Carnegie being or at least seeming “cool C.A.

The Master and His Emissary: A book review by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

Bob's blog entries "left brain/right brain" dichotomy or conflict the New Groupthink “How do we understand the world [comma] if there are different versions of it to reconcile?” The Master and His Emissary: The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World Iain McGilchrist Yale University Press (2009) “How do we understand the world, if there are different versions of it to reconcile?”

In 100 Words: Perils of Blind Conformance

QAspire

Great Quotes Improvement & Development In 100 Words Leadership Managing Career Self Growth conformance conformity Differentiation groupthink In one of the TED talks , James Surowiecki shares: “If army ants are wandering around and they get lost, they start to follow a simple rule: Just do what the ant in front of you does. The ants eventually end up in a circle.

The #1 Killer of Change

Lead Change Blog

In my view, the #1 killer element is groupthink. He believed, as I do, that groupthink erodes values; stifles critical thinking, limits creativity; enables undue influence of direction; and, allows inequity of action. Most commonly, readers will have experienced the impact of groupthink through a breakdown in group communication, especially when they would prefer to engage in a current change process.

First Look: Leadership Books for December 2014

Leading Blog

Wiser : Getting Beyond Groupthink to Make Groups Smarter. Here''s a look at some of the best leadership books to be released in December. The Best Place to Work : The Art and Science of Creating an Extraordinary Workplace by Ron Friedman. A Year with Peter Drucker : 52 Weeks of Coaching for Leadership Effectiveness by Joseph A. Maciariello. Winning the Long Game : How Strategic Leaders Shape the Future by Steven Krupp and Paul J.H. Schoemaker.

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The Problem is Not Too Many Meetings – The Problem is Too Many “Bad” Meetings

First Friday Book Synopsis

On Friday, I presented my synopsis of Wiser: Getting Beyond Groupthink to Make Groups Smarter by Cass R. Sunstein and Reid Hastie (Harvard Business Review Press; 2014). I started my presentation this way: The problem is not too many meetings; the problem is too many bad meetings. There is no doubt that practically all progress […]. Randy''s blog entries

How SWOT Analysis Harms Leaders

Lead Change Blog

Groupthink. One particularly big problem is known as groupthink , where groups tend to coalesce around the opinions of a powerful leader. To me, it was a clear example of groupthink, ignoring the elephant in the room. In the context of our increasingly disrupted, globalizing, and multicultural world, leaders greatly appreciate the security and comfort of clear-cut strategic plans for the future.

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LeadershipNow 140: January 2019 Compilation

Leading Blog

Winston Churchill, Groupthink, and the Dardanelles by @michaelaroberto. Here are a selection of tweets from January 2019 that you don't want to miss: 6 Tips for First-Time Managers by @JesseLynStoner. If You Think You Can, You Will by @DougConant. How To Be Successful by @sama. What if we started asking " What problem would you like to help solve? " @FahdAlhattab. VIDEO: How to turn a group of strangers into a team by @AmyCEdmondson.

Groups; Meetings; Communicating – You’re Doing It Wrong! – (Insight From Wiser By Sunstein And Hastie)

First Friday Book Synopsis

I thought of this Slate series as I was reading Wiser: Getting Beyond Groupthink to Make Groups Smarter by Cass R. Slate.com has an occasional “You’re doing it wrong” article. What a smart, good, right-on-target series. Their articles are usually on day-to-day tasks, like “You’re doing it wrong: scrambled eggs.” Sunstein and Reid Hastie, my […]. Randy''s blog entries

Are You Ready for Recovery?

Leading Blog

To explain further, in a crisis, using diverse perspectives enables the unthinkable to be brought to the table, it avoids groupthink and enables more effective solutions. A S a McKinsey & Company article stated in late March 2020: “What leaders need during a crisis is not a predefined response plan but behaviors and mindsets that will prevent them from overreacting to yesterday’s developments and help them look ahead.”.

Problems stem from bad data, wrong assumptions, and false conclusions

Mike Cardus

Groupthink: over time, people working together will tend to think the same way, believe the same conclusions and results. Re-checking the information, using different personnel is necessary to avoid stuckness-thinking and groupthink.

Get Savvy

Leading Blog

Not only does this foster groupthink, but it most often creates a toxic us versus them mentality “often leading to the demonization of the ‘other’ and contributing to discrimination and sometimes violence.” F AKE NEWS is not a new phenomenon. From the beginning of time, people have played loose with the truth in order to get what they want. Trust too, has waxed and waned over the millennia. It’s not new. People have always had to be on the lookout for fake news.

How Would You Put Your Organization Out of Business?

Talent Anarchy

Among the things he discussed in his keynote was how to combat groupthink. Groupthink may be the most dangerous force running rampant within organizations today. Here’s a definition of it from Psychology Today : Groupthink occurs when a group values harmony and coherence over accurate analysis and critical evaluation. To combat Groupthink requires divergent thinking. A few weeks ago, I had the privilege of hearing Adam Grant speak.

Anxiety, Communication and Leadership

Lead Change Blog

When several team members don’t speak freely, groupthink rears its head, sometimes even with catastrophic implications. In my post Once You Understand Emotion, Motivation Is Easy , I laid the link between Deci and Ryan’s Self-Determination Theory and current emotions. In this post, I will briefly expand these ideas and then focus on a specific emotion from a communication and leadership point of view: Anxiety. Self-Determination Theory and the basic psychological need for safety.

One Woman on a Corporate Board Equals Fewer Accounting Errors

Women on Business

Instead, she suggests, “heterogeneous groups are less susceptible to groupthink.” NEWS AND INSIGHTS UPDATE: According to The Wall Street Journal , just 15.6% of corporate board seats at Fortune 1000 companies are held by women (up 1% from the prior year). What’s most disheartening about this statistic is that research shows again and again that diversity creates stronger teams and higher outcomes.

10 Ways to Keep “Post-truth” From Crippling Your Leadership

Lead Change Blog

Discourage groupthink and don’t shoot the messenger. A few things have happened recently that increase performance pressure on character-based leaders who are dedicated to doing what’s right: The Oxford Dictionary announced the word post-truth as its 2016 word of the year. Post-truth relates to or denotes “circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.”.

Diversity and Inclusion – Two Very Different Concepts

Great Leadership By Dan

This creates a culture where disagreement and debate is welcome, and guards against blind spots and groupthink. Guest post from Stephen Frost and Raafi-Karim Alidina: To build an inclusive organisation, there are two main things you need to do. You need to de-bias the systems that run the organisation, such as recruitment, pay, procurement, talent management and marketing. And you need to lead inclusively.

How to Avoid 3 Big Mistakes About Being Biased

Lead Change Blog

Groupthink says it’s brash extroverts that make the company thrive. Go ahead—second guess yourself. Done intentionally and constructively, not self-destructively, giving your actions one last loving look before moving forward is a good thing—for you, your colleagues, company, community, and workplace culture. That thoughtful pause can assure you’re not leaving discrimination in your wake. “No No way,” you exclaim. “I’m I’m not biased, so I couldn’t possibly discriminate.”

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LeadershipNow 140: January 2017 Compilation

Leading Blog

Unleashing Creativity And Avoiding Groupthink by Michelle M Smith via @octanner. Here are a selection of tweets from January 2017 that you might have missed: Don’t you love the beginning of a new year? by @mark_sanborn. Do team values unite or divide your team? JesseLynStoner. Your Only Competition Is Yourself by @paul_larue. The Impoverishment of Attention by Shane Parrish @farnamstreet. Five Culture Killers in Your Organization by @GrowingLeaders.

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36 Lessons for Business & Life from Trillion Dollar Coach Bill Campbell

Leading Blog

The goal of consensus leads to “groupthink” and inferior decisions. B ILL CAMPBELL was one of the most influential background players in Silicon Valley. He helped to build some of Silicon Valley’s greatest companies including Google, Apple, and Intuit and to create over a trillion dollars in market value. In Trillion Dollar Coach , authors Eric Schmidt, Jonathan Rosenberg, and Alan Eagle, state that “ without a doubt, Bill Campbell was one of the people most integral to Google’s success.

A time and a place for brainstorming techniques

Rapid BI

Brainstorming often gets a bad press, with the popular belief being that it fosters groupthink and generally hinders the creative process. New research shines a new light on the value of brainstorming however, especially a bit later in the creative process when ideas have already been generated. Management Brainstorming brainstorming research business strategy Chartered Management Institute collaboration guest idea generation technique

Is the Time Right For You to Speak Out?

Lead Change Blog

That being your motivation, how do you step in the opposite direction—away from peer pressure, business norms, groupthink, and the power of conformity—to share a perspective that’s contrary to both expected and rewarded workplace behavior? Google “songs about money” and entries like “40 best songs about money” and “12 best songs about money. EVER” pop up. The search results are less abundant if you google “songs about ethics.” No 12- or 40-best lists appear.

Asking the Right Questions Often Leads to the Best Answer

Leading Blog

These are questions that require you to challenge groupthink, conventional wisdom, and your own biases. B EING A LEADER often means making far-reaching decisions that require major investments of time, resources, and energy. Complete certainty is seldom possible. Competing agendas often complicate the process. The future is never something you can take for granted. So you need to be as dispassionate as possible in how you examine opportunities and vulnerabilities.

7 Ways for Leaders to Deal With Bias

Lead Change Blog

Groupthink : the psychological phenomenon for alignment that occurs within a group of people because of the desire for, and/or pressure to, have harmony or conformity. Once upon a time there was a boss who was an extrovert and who preferred working with extroverts. Over time, he quit adding introverts to his team and weeded out those who had joined the team before he took over. He was shocked when a class action discrimination charge was filed against him.

Don’t Hire For Culture Fit

LDRLB

As a manager, you want a team of people who are diverse and who know how to leverage friction and disagreement toward better decision making and away from groupthink. You’ve probably heard the advice: “Don’t hire for skills, hire for culture fit.”. The idea is that if someone is a good fit for your company culture, you can train them on the skills they need. But the reverse isn’t always true. No matter how much training you give them, you can’t really change someone’s personality.

Originals or How Non-Conformists Move the World

Leading Blog

Dealing with Groupthink. Cohesion in a group doesn’t cause groupthink. T HERE ARE SO FEW originals in life. “We We find surface ways of appearing original—donning a bow tie, wearing bright red shoes—without taking the risk of actually being original. When it comes to the powerful ideas in our heads and the core values in our hearts, we censor ourselves.”

The 11 Essential Elements Needed to Achieve True Collaboration

Leading Blog

Without diversity groupthink sets in. Dan Sanker states that ironically, in order to remain “competitive” companies will have to become more collaborative. Collaborate: The Art of We is a practical guide to going beyond democratic or cooperative work to creating truly collaborative work environments as a growth strategy. Collaboration is not a new concept, but globalization and new technologies have turned it into one of the best methods of competitive advantage available.

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Disrupting the Routine: 7 Ways to Change for the Good

RapidStart Leadership

But after a while, even the best ones can descend into groupthink and lose their creative edge. There are some who will tell you, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” I don’t necessarily agree. “Functioning” doesn’t always mean “fully optimized,” and without change, we risk falling into a rut, losing perspective, and falling behind. To grow and stay competitive, you have to change.

What's Your Leadership B Side?

Great Leadership By Dan

Or, if on the other hand you build trust by prioritizing people and a collaborative culture, you might overemphasize getting everyone to agree, which can discourage differing opinions and lead to Groupthink. Guest post by Suzanne Vickberg and Kim Christfort: Some of you will remember the days when listening to music didn't mean streaming it on your phone but instead putting on a record.

Fight More. Fight Better.

Talent Anarchy

We don’t want to fight tooth and nail over every topic that comes up (we’re not trying to be Congress after all), but we also don’t want to be wallowing in groupthink and dishonesty. In Jason’s most recent post , he mentioned the importance of setting rules for conflict. Based on what I see and hear in the workplace, conflict done well is a fairly rare thing.

Ignore The HIPPOs (Highest Paid Person’s Opinions)

LDRLB

That’s a recipe for groupthink and conformity. You’ve probably seen them roaming around the wilderness of your open office. They’re most likely to be discovered (or rather most likely to reveal themselves) inside meetings. HIPPOs. The Highest Paid Person’s Opinions.